First a bit of background. Nigeria incurred a lot of debt in the 80’s mostly from the Paris club, a group of international lenders. The federal government took these loans and spent it alone. A proverbial chopping and cleaning mouth. The loans of course needed to be serviced and paid back. Now, since about 1995,… Continue reading Quick question on the “Paris club refund”
Is the increased rice production enough to say that the import substitution policy is working? My article in the guardian today. http://guardian.ng/business-services/import-substitution-the-other-side-of-the-rice-coin/?F
The one where I ask the technocrats trying to improve the business environment to think about sustainability and not forget the politics. In the guardian today online and in print. https://guardian.ng/features/doing-business-dont-forget-the-politics/
If we are trying to build an economy that works, that can create jobs, and that can drive Nigeria into the future, we will have to let some old ideas, and some old businesses die In the guardian today online and in print. https://guardian.ng/features/creative-destruction-in-business-death-is-a-part-of-life/
This is really becoming tiring but we must. The central bank announced yet another intervention program disguised as a policy yesterday. The policy may be in response to marching orders received by the central bank governor during the last FEC meeting to reduce the spread between the interbank and black market. The spread has risen… Continue reading Naira struggles: And another one….
Finally some good news. The $1bn Eurobond sale was successful. It was almost 8 times oversubscribed with orders up to $7.8bn (we will still take only a $1bn). At 7.875% it is a lot lower than the 8.5% that was the initial target, although still a bit high. Especially considering returns elsewhere. You literally… Continue reading Woo hoo Eurobonds
So just to recap, we have the raw materials, the skills, and the market, and if we stopped importing fuel our foreign exchange crisis might be over. If the central bank really believed that banning products from the official markets really led to local production of that product, then why isn’t fuel on the… Continue reading Naira struggles: The missing 42nd item